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Troops fight off Boko Haram in NE Nigeria before polls

Maiduguri - One soldier was killed and 20 others were injured in a Boko Haram rocket attack in northeast Nigeria, security sources said on Saturday, just hours before elections began.

Nigerians wait for election results as polls close

Abuja - Nigerians on Saturday waited to hear who their next president will be as voting in delayed elections drew to a close and the counting began.

Nigeria's Buhari promises security for rescheduled election

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari vowed Friday on the eve of troubled elections that Nigerians would be able to vote in security, despite a week-long postponement and violence in the north of the country.

Second time lucky? Nigeria prepares for rescheduled vote

Abuja - Nigeria makes a second attempt to hold presidential and parliamentary elections this weekend, after a last-gasp postponement that angered voters and stoked the political temperature.

Nigeria 'on course' for rescheduled poll as campaigning ends

Abuja - Nigeria's rescheduled presidential and parliamentary elections will take place this weekend, the electoral commission said on Thursday, as resumed campaigning ended.

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday he had ordered the police and military to be "ruthless" with vote-riggers, as preparations were made for rescheduled elections.

Crunch time as Nigeria goes to the polls

Lagos - Nigeria made final preparations Friday on the eve of a presidential election, with continuity pitted against reform in a battle between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival Atiku Abubakar.

187 ex-jihadists surrender in Cameroon

Mora - Nearly 200 Cameroonians who were members of Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadist group have returned home and surrendered to the authorities after breaking with the organisation, the government said Thursday.

Last day of campaigning in Nigeria before polling

Abuja - Nigeria's presidential candidates wrapped up their election campaigns on Thursday, making a final pitch to voters before Africa's most populous country heads into the polls.

Boko Haram attacks governor's convoy in Nigeria: security sources

Maiduguri - Four people were killed and an unknown number of others were kidnapped in a Boko Haram attack on a convoy of vehicles carrying the governor of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, sources said on Wednesday.

Death toll now 15 after Nigeria election stampede: hospital

Port Harcourt - Fifteen people were killed in a stampede at an election campaign rally in southern Nigeria held by President Muhammadu Buhari, health officials said on Wednesday, in an updated toll.

'Beer wars': big brewers target Nigerian drinkers

Lagos - Gigantic billboards advertising beer now dominate the skyline of Nigeria's megacity, Lagos, signalling the escalating battle between multinational brewers for drinkers in Africa's most populous country.

Chaos, mud and cards: Nigerians frustrated ahead of vote

Lagos - Angry voters queueing for hours and entire parts of the country rendered war zones: pitfalls abound for Nigeria's fast-approaching general election.

Graft trial of Nigeria's top judge resumes on Monday: court

Lagos - The corruption trial of Nigeria's top judge will resume next week, the country's financial ethics court said Thursday, a day after his bid to stop the trial was rejected.

Nigerians' drugs more than twice global average: study

Abuja - One in seven Nigerians uses drugs, more than twice the global average, according to the country's first major national drug-use survey published on Tuesday.

Nigeria opposition slams suspension of top judge as 'unconstitutional'

Abuja - Nigeria's main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar on Monday called President Muhammadu Buhari's suspension of the country's top judge unconstitutional after the move triggered street protests by lawyers and parliamentary criticism just weeks before el...

Nigeria's Buhari under pressure over judge suspension

Lagos - International pressure mounted on Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday after he suspended the country's top judge just weeks away from elections, prompting claims from opponents and civil society groups of an attempted judicial "coup".

EU, US, Britain concerned at suspension of Nigeria's top judge

Lagos - International pressure was growing Saturday on Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari after the EU, the United States and Britain questioned his decision to suspend the country's top judge.

Nigerian lawyers condemn suspension of top judge

Lagos - Nigerian lawyers have condemned President Muhammadu Buhari's suspension of the country's top judge shortly before the presidential elections as a "coup" against the judiciary and an attack on the constitution.

'Dictatorship' row in Nigeria after top judge suspended

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday suspended the country's top judge just weeks from elections, triggering condemnation from opposition parties who accused him of "an act of dictatorship" and mounting "a judicial coup".

Corruption takes centre stage in Nigerian election campaign

Abuja - Corruption is taking centre stage in the run-up to Nigeria's presidential elections, with the incumbent accused of failing to tackle the scourge of graft and his challenger facing claims about his past.

14 dead, aid affected after jihadist raid in Nigeria: MSF

Lagos - Fourteen people were killed and thousands fled when Boko Haram attacked a remote town in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday.

Nigeria's Buhari accepts setbacks in Boko Haram fight

Lagos - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has acknowledged setbacks in the fight against Boko Haram as the jihadists launched fresh attacks in the restive northeast.

Nigeria's Buhari hands key colleague re-election role

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday handed responsibility for his re-election campaign to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a sign of rapprochement with the man who masterminded his landmark 2015 election win.

How to explain the return of Nigeria's Boko Haram militants?

Kano - Nigeria's Islamic State West Africa Province, a faction of Boko Haram affiliated to the Islamic State militant group, has intensified attacks against the army in the northeast of the country at an alarming rate, and the military appears to be strugglin...

Niger army kills at least 280 Boko Haram militants: ministry

Niamey - Niger's army killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants near the southeast border with Nigeria in days of land and air raids, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Former Nigerian president Shagari dies aged 93

Abuja - Former Nigerian president Shehu Shagari, who was in power between 1979 and 1983, died Friday aged 93, the country's current president said.

Suspected killers of Nigeria ex-defence chief arrested: police

Lagos - Five suspected killers of a former Nigerian defence chief have been arrested, the police said on Thursday.Retired air chief marshall Alex Badeh was shot dead last week by unknown gunmen on a road outside Abuja, the nation's capital.

13 Nigerian troops, policeman killed in Boko Haram attack

Kano - Boko Haram jihadists ambushed a military convoy in northeastern Nigeria, killing 13 soldiers and a policeman, the army said Wednesday.

Boko Haram mastermind of deadly Nigeria blasts arrested: police

Kano - A top Boko Haram leader accused of organising deadly twin blasts in the Nigerian capital Abuja that killed 18 people has been arrested, police said Friday.
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Here in a local Lagos bar, fans watch the AFCON match betwen Nigeria and Burkina Faso on Sunday
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